Zappa led the most virtuosic, most responsive, most detailed, and funniest electric bands that ever existed. The complexity of the compositions and the casual facility with which the band tossed them off made the "art-rockers" seem like pretentious adolescents, the political and social critique made the MC5 sound like thugs, and the pure fun of the band made everybody else seemed labored and dour. Musicians played with Zappa (admittedly off-and-on) for decades, and even the new guys rehearsed 5 days a week…
Oh, my God. Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals, The Melodians, the Slickers, and Jimmy himself. This was the soundtrack to the first full-length feature film shot in Jamaica (1972), which took off from a series of folk tales about a legendary ghetto gunman called Rhygin. He became a media star before being shot down in 1948. The film gives him a back-story as a singing star ripped off in the Trenchtown manner.
The music is absolutely incredible.…Read more
[Originates as a rebuttal to some fairly simplistic stuff said by another correspondent about "slow sessoins"]
I've led slow sessions for 10 years but take Michael's points--though not his conclusions.
Caveat: when I say "slow session", it's really a misnomer: my teaching sessions (my preferred nomenclature) are overwhelmingly (like, 90% of meeting time) toward teaching repertoire: phrase-by-phrase, learning by ear, memorizing tunes, demonstration-imitation, etc. It is very similar to the way that a…
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[the following is pretty funny]
Things Traditional Music Taught Me
(or, What to Tell Your Children when "Just Say No" doesn't work)
Don't ignore warnings. If someone tells you to…
Radio is going a lot of strange places in the new millenia (and is perpetually under attack by Republicans trying to blame Corporation for Public Broadcasting for an unbalanced budget) but public radio is still clean work. Nobody in public radio gets rich, most could make more money elsewhere, almost everybody involved does it because they believe in the way that it adds to local communities' quality of life. Donate here to Lubbock's KOHM (89.1, www.kohm.org).
I'm teaching my usual load in Spring 2006 (including MUHL2303 Music as Cultural History: The Modern Period, and MUHL5336: Music in the United States), but am also pleased about having added an overload course taught through the TTU Honors College, as follows
HONS 3304-H02 Music, Folklore, and Tradition in Irish Cultural History (Call #15942) Prof. C.J. Smith TR 9:30-10:50 AD 245
NOTE: This class is open to those with and without prior musical training.
This seminar is an intensive,…
Serena-abroad has a great post on the traditional Irish fried breakfast. Mandatory reading for my Honors seminar in Spring 2006: "Music, Folklore, and Tradition in Irish Cultural History."
What she neglects to mention is that the single advantage of the traditional fry is that it'll carry you through until dinner--and it's including in the B&B price. Excellent for youthful budgets and digestive tracts.